Last Updated on September 18th, 2019
Almost all teens get acne. Fortunately, almost all teens can get acne under control, as long as they do not inadvertently make their acne worse by treatments that are too harsh for young, growing skin. Here are the top ten teen acne treatments that really work. Every teen will be able to find some treatment on this list.
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Do you have money to burn? More specifically, do you have about $100 for each every pimple on your face? If you do, you probably can make arrangements with your dermatologist to have pimples injected with steroids3. Medications like prednisone and prednisolone deflate pimples so they fall back to the contour of the skin, and redness is greatly diminished overnight. (You may still need to use concealer).
The downside to steroid treatment of pimples, other than the considerable expense of treatment not covered by health insurance, is that excessive use of steroids can thin the skin and cause permanent lightening of the skin. If you have Asian skin tones, however, steroids are often a good treatment option. Your doctor will have the final say whether steroids are right for you.
If spending thousands of dollars each and every month on pimple control is absolutely not for you, there is always the “cheap cleanser” method. This method just requires you to wash your skin with cleanser twice a day, but you have to wash it the right way4.
First of all, you may need a slightly more expensive skin care product than a $1 bar of Dove soap. (Never use Ivory. It can clog your pores.) For just $5 or $6, you can find a decent cleanser like Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Removing Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin, which actually works better if you don’t wear makeup, and for about $20, you could buy Serious Skin Care Daily Ritual, Acne Medication Cleanser.
You don’t rub these products5 across your skin. Instead, you first wash your hands and then squirt out just a little of the product onto your fingers. Make a foamy lather of the product and spread it over your face. Let it stand on your skin for about 30 seconds and then rinse your face clean with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
If you don’t have the $5 to $20 needed for a good acne skin cleanser, you can make do with Dove soap. But use the same cleansing technique to avoid damaging pores and creating new blemishes.
Nobody ever cleared up acne by going to the laundromat. However, simply making sure always use a clean towel after you wash your face or shower will go a long way in acne care. If you use a clean towel every time you cleanse your face6, you avoid putting dirt and germs right back on your skin, especially other people’s dirt and germs.
Don’t own enough towels to use a fresh towel every time? Fold a clean towel into quarters, and use a different part of the towel each time. This will help you use the same towel for two days for drying your face. To prevent body acne, however, it is still a good idea to use a fresh towel each and every time you shower.
Benzoyl peroxide kills acne bacteria fast. Unfortunately, it also can kill the topmost layer of delicate skin. Instead of slathering your whole face with a benzoyl peroxide lotion, use a full-strength (5% to 10%) benzoyl peroxide gel just on pimples. They won’t immediately disappear, but most teens will see them fade and disappear in one to two weeks. If you use that same 5% to 10% product on your whole face, you can experience burning7, stinging, and peeling, and eventually your skin will generate as many new blemishes as benzoyl peroxide treats. Using benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment allows you eventually to get rid of every last pimple.
Teens often get a condition known as acne mechanica, or friction acne. Any activity involving skin and friction can cause acne8 on almost any part of the body (including some activities that are not going to be described in detail here), but the worst breakouts are usually underpads or straps worn during workouts. Tight clothing traps sweat. The perspiration makes the skin wrinkle and flake. Flakes of skin get trapped in pores and cause blackheads and pimples in odd places.
Taking a shower after a sweaty workout gets flakes of skin out of pores. You don’t need to use an expensive exfoliant. Just rubbing your skin with a shower mitt as you shower is enough.
And you don’t have to take a shower the very moment you finish your workout or game. Any time over the next four hours is soon enough.
Milk chocolate usually doesn’t cause breakouts, except in people who are allergic to chocolate, in which case breakouts won’t just occur on the face. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, increases the release of stress hormones in the skin and makes you pop out in pimples. In extreme cases, eating a single 4 oz/112 gram dark chocolate bar can cause up to 85 pimples—although it is more common for eating chocolate to result in just 8 to 25 pimples. Nonetheless, especially if you are someone who breaks out when you stress out, avoiding dark chocolate is a must.
If you can’t get your pimples treated as fast as you like, you can conceal them with makeup9. You can follow the standard recommendation to conceal a red pimple with green concealer and then conceal the green makeup (unless green is your color) with foundation makeup that is close to your natural skin tone. Or you can just conceal a pimple with a single layer of foundation makeup. Especially if you have oily skin, a single layer of makeup is less likely to streak around the pimple, calling more attention to it, rather than less.
Battery-powered “zit zappers” heat a metal contact rod you hold to a pimple to shrink it. While pimples often do really shrink, the heat forces infection further into your skin and leaves you with a cyst instead of a pimple.
It isn’t all kinds of fat that aggravate acne. It’s primarily the oils used to make snack foods and to fry fast foods, corn, soybean, and cottonseed oils. Mayonnaise, butter, cheese, and even lard are not necessarily harmful for your skin (although there are other reasons not to pig out on these foods).
And not all vegetables are good for acne. Excessive consumption of both carrots and tomatoes has been documented to increase skin oil production. Once a day is too much, but once a week is fine for you.
Many teens touch their faces dozens of times every day. Make a habit of not touching your face unless you have washed your hands. You will have less acne, and your will also be less likely to get colds and flu.
And if you still need help with acne care, go for a complete acne treatment system with a one-year money-back guarantee like Exposed Skin Care.
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